2016 Specials - Sensational Shakespeare
Tom Stourton stars as the Bard, as we find out about his humble beginnings, his glove-making father and his early life as an actor. How did he climb to become a royal favourite? And what was it like to be in the audience of one of his plays, where fruit was thrown at the stage, it was illegal for women to act, and there were no toilets?
The episode is a look at the life and times of the playwright William Shakespeare - from his largely unknown and humble beginnings in Stratford, through his times as a jobbing actor in London, to his success as the country's most respected and financially savvy writer. Along the way we meet his gang of London friends - the playwrights, poets and brawlers Marlowe, Jonson and Spenser. We also explore the social history of Britain and the world, and how, if you wanted to avoid the plague, it was important to eat your none-a-day portion of fruit and veg.
This episode has a special guest appearance from Miles Jupp.
- Tuesday 19th April 2016
- 35 minutes
Cast & crew
|John Eccleston||Rattus Rattus (Voice)|
|Jon Culshaw||Various (Voice)|
|Louise Ford||Ensemble Actor|
|Dominique Moore||Ensemble Actor|
|Tom Stourton||William Shakespeare|
|Daniel Lawrence Taylor (as Daniel Taylor)||Ensemble Actor|
|Lucy Clarke (as Lucy Clark)||Writer|
|Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak)||Writer|
|Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Ben Ward||Script Editor|
|George Sawyer||Script Editor|
|Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak)||Script Editor|
|Alison Jeffery||Production Designer|
|Tom Miller||Series Producer|
|Melissa Hardinge||Executive Producer|
|Richard Bradley||Executive Producer|
|Simon Welton||Executive Producer|
See what happens when William Shakespeare visited a modern day school to talk about his writing.
Featuring: Tom Stourton (William Shakespeare).
William Shakespeare can't even walk down the street without people quoting his work.